Every now and then I’ll use this blog to whine or kvetch about certain things in the world of food and wine that piss me off. I won’t do it too often — just when the bile rises to an unacceptable level and starts to affect my appetite.
So, to waitstaff:
I’d like to propose that the waiter’ s expression, “ You still workin’ on that?” be banned. If eating a meal in a restaurant is work, let them pay us instead of the other way around. Maybe this odd phrase comes from the waiter’s hidden desire to even the playing field, to make us all workers together in the great proletariat restaurant in the sky. ‘Back to work, Comrades! Clean those plates!’
Waiting on tables is an art form – or should be. A waitperson worth his/her salt offers us a very complex persona – a subtle combination of servant and expert. They exist to understand our desires and manifest them; they’re listeners; they’re advisers; they’re hosts and the mediators between the volatile world of the kitchen and the serene, welcoming aura of the dining room.
…………………………………………The phrase, “You still workin’ on that?” just doesn’t cut it.

And single-malt whiskeys.
Okay, I can’ t really intelligently comment on them because I’ m not a scotch drinker — let me stipulate that, your honor. But my complaint is about this tendency – actually an advertising ploy – to revere things and thereby charge more for them because they’re “single”.
Single-barrel bourbon, single-vineyard wine, single-hops beer and single-bean coffee – inevitably cost more than their blended cousins, but the jacked-up price is often more an indication of our gullibility than a mark of the product’s higher quality. I tend to like blends. Sagrantino wine of Montefalco, which demands fifty bucks and more a bottle, is not as pleasing to my tongue as the Rosso di Montefalco, which is a blend of 30 % Sagrantino, 60% Sangiovese, and 10% either Cabernet or Merlot – depending on the winemaker. And the Rosso costs under ten bucks. Blends often indicate that intelligence, taste and expertise have gone into the production of the wine, whiskey or coffee. So don’t let anyone fool you into paying a higher price for something that may well not be a superior product.
If you see, for example, an ad for single-cow homogenized milk, take a breath and move on.